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Inside Man 2006

A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation...

Release Date:
March 24, 2006
129 min
Spike Lee ...
Christopher Plummer, Peter Gerety, Clive Owen, Willem Dafoe, Van Hughes, Jodie Foster, Ed Onipede Blunt, Robert Bizik, Ken Leung, Daryl Mitchell, Ed Crescimanni, John Borras, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Julie Jei, Jay Charan, Agim Coma, Matt Jade, Sandra Endo, Dominic Carter, Jason Manuel Olazabal, Gerry Vichi, David Brown, Limary Agosto, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Kybart, Ashlie Atkinson, Kim Director, Robert C. Kirk, Edwin Freeman, Denzel Washington, Michael Den Dekker, Philippe Vonlanthen, Cherise Boothe, Steven Weisz, Amanda Pennington, Peter Frechette, Amir Ali Said, Turi Haim, Victor Colicchio, Anthony Mangano, Frank Hopf, Brad Leland, Rodney 'Bear' Jackson, Al Palagonia, Lemon Andersen, Frank Stellato, Tiffany Adams, John Speredakos, Brandhyze Stanley, Waris Ahluwalia, Stany Coppet, Samantha Ivers, Cassandra Freeman, Jeff Ward, Aaron Vexler, Carlos Andrés Gómez, James Ransone, Bernie Rachelle, Rafael Osorio, Michael Devine, Ed Bogdanowicz, Anthony Borowiec, Joe Coots, Lionel Pina, Ken Ferrigni, Robert Testut, Craig M. Spitzer, Patrick Illig, Frank Composto, Rozanne Sher, Rachel Black, Gregory Dann, Ben Crowley, Shon Gables, Kandiss Edmundson, Florina Petcu, Baktash Zaher, Vincent DiMartino, Julian Niccolini, Rebecca Brillhart, Joanie Ellen, Chuck Gerena, Carla Greene, Rashaad Ernesto Green, James Hook, Enver Hoxha, Russ Klein, Steve Lord, Heather Male, Dominick Mancino, John B. Nelson Jr., James Donnell Quinn, Jamieson Rhyme, Michal Sinnott, Alexander Sovronsky, Angel Wallace, Rue DeBona, Ernest Rayford, Kisha Batista, Ed Cuffe ...
Drama, Thriller, Crime ...
English, Albanian

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Imdb rating: 7.7

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A solid flick. When I saw that Spike Lee had directed it, I did a double take as it is a pretty mainstream movie.
A little slow at times, but the plot is smart enough to get around that. Nothing is lingered on and that keeps things moving. Overall, this still holds up to any thriller flick today.
can't wait to go to the world premiere
This film is the best Spike Lee film I have seen.It moved at a cracking pace with only a few niggles. The music intruded on procedings in a number of places and the ultimate plan was highly flawed.However they do not detract from the enjoyment of this film.
Early in his filmmaking career, Spike Lee (She's Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Clockers, He Got Game) declared an admiration for Woody Allen's remarkable one-film-a-year productivity. He's come close, building his career on provocative, challenging films that tackled race, class, and gender issues in contemporary America, but his fortunes have flagged as of late (She Hate Me anyone?). In directing Inside Man, Lee has set aside social commentary (and didacticism) for straightforward genre filmmaking, producing a slick, mostly entertaining, bank robbery/hostage drama.

Inside Man starts off with Dalton Russell (Clive Owen), the mastermind behind the heist, directly addressing the camera. He gives us a brief rundown of his intentions and where he's ended up, but suggests that the rest of the film, unfolding via multiple flashbacks, will tell us the "how." Inside Man then segues into Russell picking up his three accomplices in a van, with Russell slipping into the crowded bank dressed as a painter. The bank robbery goes smoothly, with one or two minor exceptions.

Tipped to a bank robbery in progress, New York's finest rush to the scene. Detectives Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington), a detective with a pending internal affairs investigation on his mind, and his junior partner, Bill Mitchell (Chiwetel Ejiofor), are sent to lead the effort to end the standoff with minimal loss of life. Frazier has to quickly get a handle on the situation inside the bank, figure out what the bank robbers want, and contend with Captain Darius (Willem Dafoe), the "force-first, negotiate-second" head of the heavily armed tactical unit sitting outside the cordoned-off bank.

As it turns out, the chairman of the bank, Arthur Case (Christopher Plummer), has something of personal importance stored inside the bank that he desperately wants to protect. To that end, he pulls some strings with the Mayor, who, in turn, brings in a well-heeled power broker, Madeline White (Jodie Foster), to intercede on Case's behalf. With hostages still in the bank and Russell's deadlines approaching (he's threatening to kill the hostages if he doesn't get what he wants), the battle of personalities is on, with duplicity, deception, and more than one twist along the way.

With a stellar cast that includes Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, Clive Owen, and Christopher Plummer, expectations are high that the performances will be, if nothing else, highly watchable. They are, of course. Props, though, to relative newcomer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, a British-born actor appearing with greater frequency in stateside films (he was last seen here as the villain in Joss Whedon's Serenity, but has appeared in British films, television, and on stage for the better part of a decade). While Ejiofor's New York accent sounds authentic, Ejiofor tends to mirror Denzel's speech patterns and mannerisms, perhaps reflecting the junior officer's unconscious desire to emulate his superior officer's attitudes and behaviors. It's a clever, subtle acting choice that most viewers are likely to miss.

Russell Gewirtz's overly ambitious, convoluted plotting leads toward an overlong, post-climax denouement that explains everything that needs to be explained and that gives the hero the expected moment of triumph and redemption. Editing down Inside Man wouldn't have solved the problem, since you'd still need a satisfactory resolution to the underlying conflicts between the characters. Then you have the problem of the film unfolding in flashbacks, cutting between the flashbacks and later interviews with the released hostages. Although the flashback structure undercuts suspense and momentum, there are a few noteworthy surprises along the way that play with and subvert audience expectations.

With Spike Lee at the helm, audiences have come to expect a certain level of social and political commentary. Lee usually takes an all text, no subtext approach to his subjects (e.g., race, class, and gender in contemporary America). Working from Gewirtz's screenplay, however, the social commentary and sermonizing are kept to a minimum. Lee's New York remains a chaotic, energetic multi-ethnic, multi-cultural m
This is how i see it. Jodie Foster, Clive Owen, and Denzel Washington who else would you need to make this movie any better?! I HAVE NOT SEEN THIS MOVIE YET! but i like most of you reading this probably cann't not wait to see it. The only reason i dont give this a 10 is because well i havent seen it and after i do i hope this 9 becomes a 10. We will only see. Lets just hope the script and the acting are what they should be.
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Very well thought out and keeps your interest at all times.
Denzel and Clive Owen were really good, too.
Shit kept you on the edge of your seat, mostly.

Oh, yea.
...Jodie Foster, she sucked.

Clive is ever so lovely...

This is not a film constructed around ethics, corruption, heroics or preachy sub plots. None of the characters are forced to make difficult moral decisions. The criminals are not psychotic, irrational lunatics and the police are not upstanding, level headed do-gooders.

This is cops and robbers the way it was meant to be done. This is fun.

Inside Man revolves around a plot that has absolutely been done to death. Bank heist, hostages, demands, money. You know the drill. The difference with Inside Man is the talent behind it. You take Spike Lee and a cast with the likes of Clive, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe and Jodie Foster ... seriously, how could you fail?

In the words of Bernard Black, this cast would "melt your face". There is not one weak link. Denzel Washington is funny and commanding, Clive Owen oozes charisma and Jodie Foster plays a manipulative bitch to absolute perfection. The performances are effortless. Either Spike Lee is amazingly good at getting the best out of his cast or these are just actors who know exactly what they're doing. Either way, it completely works.

Also excellent is the dialogue -- something quite rare in crime capers. Any scene between Clive and Denzel on the phone is wonderful. They manage to move between comedy and drama with a fluidity that is completely natural. Again, such is the strength of these two actors but obviously this is also a script that had some thought put into it.

The only thing that didn't quite work for me has to do with the editing patterns. There is some very odd inter-cutting between scenes that often seems annoyingly out of place and distracting. I suppose this was an attempt to heighten the drama but I don't think it ever really works.

That's pretty much my one and only complaint.

So, If you like to watch interesting, well performed films with a very beautiful man in a key role, this should keep you happy.

Hell, it's Spike Lee. Just go.
I went into this moving not really knowing what to expect. From the previews, it seemed like a typical bank robbery movie, so I was expecting more of the same. Boy was I wrong! "Inside Man" is definitely one of the more original psychological thriller movies I've seen in a while!

The beginning of the movie starts off like any other heist movie, but it quickly veers away from the standard movies in that genre after the opening scenes. I won't spoil too much of the story here, so I'll just talk about the various merits of the movie below.

The acting was SUPERB! But then again, that's what one expects with acting powerhouses like Jodi Foster, Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, and Chris Plummer. I wish Jodi Foster's character was expanded more, as she plays the "mysterious but powerful woman" role extremely well in this movie. The mind games that Denzel and Clive play were very well developed throughout the movie, as each is trying to outsmart the other (well, more like one trying to figure out the other). At the end, I just wish we knew a bit more about each of the characters and see them more developed. That is the reason why I give this movie a 9 instead of 10, because it's more about the characters playing a story out than letting us learn more about each of them and who they are.

I think most of the credit must be given to Spike Lee and Russell Gewirtz, the director/writer team, for coming up with such a new spin on bank robbery movies. Throughout the movie, I was just guessing what would happen next, and thinking like Denzel's detective character in the movie. The style of flashing back and forward in time was also very well done, adding complexity to the movie without giving the story away (even though it may seem like it at first).

The only gripe I have about the movie is the lack of explanation of the motives of the bank robbery. Maybe it was left out intentionally to be consistent with the mysteriousness of the entire movie, but I believe it would have made the movie stronger than it is now.

All in all, a great movie, so go check it out
:fresh: Spike Lee has done a Cronenberg, totally changing out of his common medium to create an excellent film and breath of fresh air into a fairly formulaic genre. The film has everything that a heist film should have, tension, deception, and big twists. The movie is extremely smart and well organized with excellent shots and action throughout. This film is an great example of how a genre can be reinvented and revitalized, even better that it is remade by a person who has never even made a film of this type! By far one of the must-sees so far this year! Good Job Spike!
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